Saturday, October 5, 2013

Homemade Hot Cocoa

One thing I love to do is un-do my habits of using pre-packaged, processed products when the simple homemade versions are almost as easy to make.  Many people are surprised to find out that we can make better, homemade versions of products that we're used to buying in little processed packets with hardly any more effort. 

You really don't need a microwave to make popcorn (see recipe here), you don't need a can of cream of chicken soup to make easy, delicious crock pot meals and with the weather cooling down, you definitely don't need little packets to make delicious hot cocoa in minutes.  Here's a super simple, basic recipe for hot cocoa that you probably have everything in your kitchen for already.  Once you've mastered it, try substituting peppermint or almond extract for the vanilla.

Homemade Hot Cocoa
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups milk (or milk alternative...if you're using a sweetened one, like vanilla soy or almond milk, cut down on the sugar)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1.  Combine the water, cocoa powder, salt and sugar in a saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until there are no more lumps and everything is dissolved together.
2.  Add milk and bring slowly to a low simmer.  Don't let it boil.
3.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.



  1. I don't know why this blog made me so happy! Maybe because the weather is cooling off and it brings that nostalgic joy?

    Anyway, I am nonetheless a little sad because I don't remember getting to drink any of that goodness! :-/

  2. I also like the cocoa and another similar reishi powder, I also like. Thanks